Laura Quinn is a glassblower and designer. In 2015 she graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with a first class honours, joint BA (hons) in Glass Design and Art and Design History. After graduating she worked as a glass blower and flameworker in the Corning Museum of Glass, New York and Estonia.
During this time her work was awarded the Innovation in Glass Award, and Emerging Glass Artist Award by the National Craft Awards in Ireland. She also received 2 scholarships to study under master glass makers in the world renowned Corning Museum of Glass. From 2016-2017 she worked under a master glassblower in the U.K. Here she honed her glassblowing skills within the production setting.
In 2017 she began her MA in 3D Design Crafts in Plymouth College of Art , with a project proposal to develop the interface between glass and other materials using digital technologies to create sustainable craft products. Her work combines traditional glass making with technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting and waterjet cutting which enable her glass products to be made with a lower environmental impact, be more durable and are able to be repaired and recycled, therefore increasing the lifespan of the glass object and creating a more sustainable product.
Laura also produces research on her practice and has presented this at international conferences including the International Glass Art Society Conference 2020, ‘Artisan!’ held in University West England and Making Futures held in Plymouth College of Art. She is due to have her first research paper published in the Making Futures Journal later this year.
Laura is passionate about inter-disciplinary practice. This can been seen her range of glass work from lighting to jewellery. This can be viewed on her website